Sunday, March 4, 2012

"Well, I never..."

As I'm writing this post, I'm sitting on my bed on a Sunday morning while my oldest daughter is sitting on top of her sleeping bag on my floor in front of the TV. Normally, on Sunday mornings, we'd be at church. But instead, we're quarantined in my bedroom. She has pink eye for the very first time. And from this, I learned a valuable lesson: Don't open my big fat mouth in judgement.

My daughter will be 4 in June and this is our first bout with pink eye. I'm "quarantined" with her so that only one parent is in contact with the germs or bacteria and so that we're not having to yell at her not to touch the other kids and their stuff. I printed out coloring pages so she wouldn't be touching the coloring books and we'll be throwing out these crayons when she's better. I just really don't feel like dealing with a baby with pink eye. And the baby will most definitely get it if my son gets it. He's not the...cleanest... person I've ever met. So until she's over it, we're stuck up here.

I feel like she's being punished for my sins though. I'm saying that jokingly but with a slight bit of guilty seriousness. I hear all the time about my friend's kids getting pink eye. Some of the kids are in day cares, some aren't. My kids are not. But they do go to the play center at the gym and they go to Sunday school and AWANA. But I never understood how other people's kids got it so often or even at all. I thought (until recently) that you got pink eye from poop particles getting in your eye. Listen, I NEVER claimed to be the brightest person. Never. And I never will. I tend to not look too deep into things until I'm smack dab in the middle of it. Like pink eye. It doesn't come from poop getting in your eye. I mean, I guess it could but that's not how it usually happens. But when I thought that's how one contracted pink eye, I was like, "How are parent's letting their kids get so poopy that it gets in their eyes?" or "Thank God my kids don't play with their poop!"

My dad jokingly suggested to my daughter that you get pink eye from eating boogers. Well, being the literal child that she is, her first response was, "OGPOG (Oh Grand Poobah of Grand-dads... my children's name for my dad) is so silly." Then she sat and thought about it for a moment and said, "I already don't pick my nose because you said that's why it bleeds all the time. So it can't be from eating boogers." There ya go. It's not from eating boogers either.

Just like any other virus, it'll happen, whether you're a clean person or not. I'm a little surprised that only one child has it but at the same time, I'm very thankful. I'll just say this though, I will do my very best to not judge others, especially other mothers. Kids are pretty unpredictable. Almost anything is possible when you have kids. Like getting pink eye even though your kids don't put poop on their faces. I'm going to keep my mouth shut. Especially about things like lice, warts, bathroom accidents, punching other kids, ... Yeah, I'm just gonna stop talking now.

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